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Each week the Midweek Visiter and Formby Times will turn the spotlight on a local artist or photographer. You can submit your photographs at www.southportvisiter.co.uk/yourgallery or www.formbytimes.co.uk/yourgallery. This week we feature Southport artist John Hart
Name: John Hart
I WAS born and educated in Liverpool at St Edward’s College and the College of Art before becoming head of an art department in a Liverpool school.
This was followed by four years as art education officer at Liverpool Museum and Art Gallery.
I became art adviser to Liverpool Education Authority before retiring. During this time I published teaching aids on drawing and painting, and was national secretary of the Art Advisers’ Association of England and Wales.
During the past 20 years I have taught in adult education while being cartoonist and illustrator to golf and industry magazines.
I was, for 10 years, resident cartoonist for Steam Railway Magazine. In fact I have just received a letter of thanks from Her Majesty the Queen for a set of cartoons I did for her to commemorate her Golden Jubilee and her trip on the Royal Train along the North Wales coast to Holyhead.
Art is my constant daily work and joy. I have exhibited over the years at the Bluecoat Gallery, and at galleries in the Lake District and other venues.
Although my main focus has been on landscape (I have produced well over a thousand drawings and paintings of our national landscape and particularly a set of 30 paintings of our local landscape from Tarleton to Little Crosby, from Ormskirk to the coast), I have, in the past two years, been working on a completely different genre of subject matter – symbolism.
I call the 70 panels produced on a socio-relifious theme Ikons. Last year I had a one-man show of over 60 of the panels in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and I am hoping to follow that up with an exhibition, perhaps at the Anglican Cathedral. Apart from being in private ownership, some of the Ikons are on permanent display in such places as Glasgow, Liverpool – at St Francis Xavier’s church – and in Southport at St Marie’s Church.